Cheryl Ann Cole is an English singer, songwriter, dancer, model, and television personality.
Cole rose to fame in 2002 after becoming a member of pop group Girls Aloud. With Girls Aloud, Cole has been successful in achieving a string of 20 consecutive UK top ten singles, two UK number one albums, and received nominations for five BRIT Awards, winning Best Single in 2009 for "The Promise".
Cole's first foray into a solo music career occurred when she featured on will.i.am's "Heartbreaker". After taking streetdancing classes during the filming of Passions of Girls Aloud series, Cole was picked to appear in the song's music video. She was later asked to sing additional vocals on the track.
On 10 June 2008, it was announced Cole would replace Sharon Osbourne as a judge for the fifth series of The X Factor. Cole was given the girls category, subsequently ending up as the victorious judge when Alexandra Burke was crowned the fifth X Factor winner on 13 December 2008.